“Healing Ourselves and Our World”: NVC Year-Long Intensive Program in DC

Excited to announce a year-long intensive program “Healing Ourselves and Our World” studying and integrating NVC in our lives.

Communication is the foundation of all of our interactions, whether going about our daily activities or in healing painful miscommunications between people or within communities. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication tools and principles enable us to identify what matters to us so that we can make choices that honor needs and values.

JOIN US for a year-long training in nonviolent communication in the Nation’s Capital.

Over four weekends and eight tele classes, we will explore various aspects of Nonviolent Communication and its application to our lives.

Weekend 1: Sept 25-27, 2015
Jeff Brown, CNVC Trainer
Nonviolent Communication and Spirituality

Weekend 2: Nov. 13-15, 2015
Dian Killian, CNVC Trainer
Working Collaboratively in Groups and Organizations

Weekend 3: Feb. 12-14, 2016
Francois Beausoleil, CNVC Trainer
The Blame-Free State

Weekend 4: May 13-15, 2016
Mali Parke, CNVC Certification Candidate
Nonviolent Communication applied to Family
and Intimate Relationships

Learn more and Register Here.

Join us at Family HEART Camp West Virginia! Early Bird Ends April 7

FHC_logo-shirt-stackHappy Spring!  Been wanting to live and integrate NVC in community? Join us June 21-28, in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, a mere 2.5h from DC.

This past month has been very busy for the Family HEART Camp West Virginia Hosting team! Most of our Program Team is forming, and already visions and ideas of camp offerings are springing. We are now accepting applications for camp volunteers. If you are excited about supporting campers of all ages, and youth/little ones in particular, to live and integrate NVC as a whole community, consider joining us!

Early Bird Registration ends April 7 for our West Virginia camp.

Also check out our sister camps in Ohio, Wisconsin, and California!

See all camps and register at www.familyheartcamp.org.

“Healing Conflicts Within Our Families” Interview With Mali Parke

I was honored to be interviewed by Rebecca Thompson of Consciously Parenting about Nonviolent Communication and  “Healing Conflicts within our Families” in particular. We focused on exploring our views about “conflict” and seeing them as opportunities, getting to empathic connection beyond the words and actions, and strengthening curiosity and honesty muscles in ourselves and our little ones.


The recording – and other great talks by parenting coaches – can be listened to for free in “The Heart of Healing” parenting virtual conference until the end of the day on MondayMarch 2. Get All Talks Here.

Family HEART Camp, including our local WV NVC summer camp, is now open for registration!


Family HEART Camp West Virginia hosting team is excited at welcoming you at our 7th edition of Family HEART Camp in the DC area from June 21 to June 28, 2015!

Make sure to visit www.familyheartcamp.org to save your spot!

We return to the beautiful and peaceful Abrams Creek Lodge & Campground, in Elk Garden, WV for our third consecutive year at this venue.

We are also excited at having Sylvie Rowand with Laughing Duck Gardens coming back to treat us with yummy, mostly local and organic, wholesome food — and her joyful energy -back for a second year as our caterer.

Join us on Father’s Day AND the summer solstice for a whole week of connection and fun!

Your FHC WV Hosting Team
Rhonda Eldridge, Mali Parke, Adele Russell and Matt Strube


Family HEART Camp is a unique community experience for all people who long for more Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect, and Trust in their families, in their communities, and in the world. Grounded in the principles of Nonviolent Communication, our camps offer an unforgettable lived experience of compassionate community, in places of natural beauty, for people of all ages.

2015 marks the FHC community’s seventh summer camp season, expanding from its roots in northern Virginia to include camps in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio and now for its first year California!

Come and join us at FHC of West Virginia! The longest-running camp in the FHC community, FHC-WV enters its seventh year in 2014.

Don’t know what to expect and want to see a bit more? Check out our 2014 Facebook Photo Album!

June 21 – June 28, 2015
Abram’s Creek Retreat and Campground
Elk Garden, WV


Call Us Today! 855-FHC-CAMP


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We will keep posting news and updates on this event page, on the general Family H E A R T Camp Facebook page and the main website.

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See all four 2015 Family HEART Camps at www.familyheartcamp.org

FHC Wisconsin: June 13-19, 2015

FHC West Virginia: June 21 – 28, 2015

FHC California: July 12-18, 2015

FHC Ohio: August 1-8, 2015

FREE Call with Francois Beausoleil on “Living in the Blame-Free State”

francois beausoleilI am excited at supporting Francois Beausoleil, CNVC trainer and one of my own teachers from the BayNVC North American Leadership Program these past few years, to come to DC to present his unique approach to “Living in the Blame-Free State” with the release of his new ebook “Blame-Free State”.

Join us on this FREE Call Tuesday, February 24, to experience first-hand his process to transform blame. He will walk one volunteer “live” on the call.

Click HERE to register to the call, Feb. 24th, 8pm EST.

And if you are in or around DC, consider joining us for his upcoming two-day intensive  The-Blame-Free-State Two-Day Intensive that  he will lead in Washington DC, March 28-29th. (early bird registration ends on Feb. 25th)

I will leave you with Francois’ own words:

“Hello everyone. A few months ago I had a very vivid and impactful dream; I was taking a long walk with Marshall in the area where I lived when I was young. He wanted to talk to me.
I don’t remember the words, but I’m clear on what was the essence of the conversation: “What are you going to do to bring more NVC in the world?

Here is the answer: The Blame-Free State Project.

Directly inspired by Marshall and others connected to the movement of Nonviolence, The Blame-Free State Project is my life’s work and what I hope will be an important contribution to the world.

In service and gratitude,
Francois Beausoleil
CNVC Certified Trainer”

p.s. Everyone who registers to the call will receive the Blame-Free State e-book.

p.p.s Just email Francois if you want more information on other upcoming Blame-Free State Intensives:
Holland: April 11th-12th, 2015
Turkey: April 18-19th, 2015
Poland: May 30th-31st, 2015
Nashville: March 5-6th, 2016

Mali’s Interview on “Healing Conflict In our Families” on the Free “Heart of Healing” Parenting Conference by Consciously Parenting

I was honored to be interviewed by Rebecca Thompson of Consciously Parenting as part of several speakers interviews for her “Heart of Healing” conference.

Rebecca and I talked about approaches to ‘conflicts’, how empathic connection can support us (first!) and our connection to our children to find out what’s at the heart of the matter, and I quickly introduced some of the restorative questions to find solutions that work for everyone.

Here are some of the speakers and interview topics in this exciting free virtual conference:

  • Carrie Contey: Healing the Family: Unjumbling the Yarnball of Parenting
  • Bhagavan Bauer:  Healing the Joy in Parenting: Simple Ways to Find Joy, Presence, and Connection
  • Charan Surdhar: Healing Deep Into Our Cells: Epigenetics and Parenting
  •  Sharon King: Healing with Matrix Birth Reimprinting
  •  Tracie Nichols: Healing in Nature
  •  Christy Farr: Healing Your Physical Space
  •  Sally Flintoff: Healing Through Breath
  •  Carmine Leo: Healing Through Emotional Intelligence
  • Lori Shayew: Healing in Special Circumstances: The Gifts of Autism
  • Judith Simon Prager: Healing our Words, Empowering Our Kids
  •  Patrick Houser: Healing our Dads: Journey into Parenthood
  •  Mali Parke: Healing Conflicts Within our Families

 You can listen to all interviews for free from Wednesday February 25th to March 2nd or buy them or 50% discount ($25). They will be available afterwards at $50 for all recordings.

To register and listen to the recordings, visit: www.consciouslyparenting.com/the-heart-of-healing-virtual-parenting-conference

Feel free to share it with friends and networks –  and I would love to hear your feedback!

PS: This is an affiliate link and I will get 50% of any purchases of the recording through this link.

Honoring Marshall Rosenberg’s life and legacy (1934-2015)

10417441_1546191168998210_7073464670808437705_nMarshall Rosenberg, author of “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), passed away February 7, 2015, among his family members.

I won’t attempt to name all that Marshall did in his life. See this wikipedia page about him or visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s bio page for more info on NVC and the work he brought in the world.

For me personally, I never got the chance to meet him in person. But knew ‘of him’ with some human details through the story-telling of friends and colleagues who got to hang out with him at Intensives and other trainings.  What I enjoyed the most was hearing of songs that he sang to illustrate his approaches. One of my favorite, which I still sing to my own two kids, is “See Me Beautiful” by Red Grammer.

images-7His constant search to see what are the qualities of an environment that bring about peace, non-judgment and curiosity/empathy towards one another is one that I deeply resonate with as my own life’s purpose. I remember getting my first understanding of NVC and having some “a-ah!” moments when I realized it brought practical, reachable tools where I could attempt to live my values.

The journey has been long since and I am deeply grateful today to be a candidate for certification with CNVC and share his work, as best as I understand and integrate it, along with other practices that I learned along the way.

As Robert Gonzales, an CNVC-certified trainer, said last weekend when I spent three-days witnessing the healing power of NVC again in his own approaches, the death of Marshall is both a mourning and a celebration, of his life, of his legacy, and now it puts him and other trainers, with whom I have had the chance to study with, like Holley Humphrey, Miki Kashtan, Gina Cenciose and more in the front row of holding on the flame as we all continue to learn and grow together this practice and vision of living nonviolence.

Marshall RosenbergI will end with this picture of Marshall as a child – which his son posted on the “In Memory of Marshall” open Facebook group. It touches me as I particularly love sharing this approach with anyone who connects with children. And supporting children to keep their authentic voice and natural innocent expression of themselves as they grow and learn to recognize and hold the expressions of others.

In deep gratitude for your legacy and inspiration, Marshall.


Unknown-2PS: If you have been wanting to get the book and read more about it, maybe it’s time! I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find it at many public library, bookstores and online stores. If you feel up for supporting me, I have an Amazon.com affiliate store with NVC: a Language of Life and many other books that I recommend.


Parenting As Path: The Way of the Bodhisattva Warrior

“Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It’s cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time. It means becoming more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.

Parenting through mindfulness has the potential to penetrate past surface appearances and behaviors and allow us to see our children as they truly are, so we can act with some degree of wisdom and compassion. The more we are able to keep in mind the intrinsic wholeness and beauty of our children – especially when it’s difficult to see – the more our ability to be mindful deepens.” – Jon Kabat Zinn

The Shambala Center in DC is offering a day long program on Saturday, January 24th exploring parenthood as a path of practice.

“You will explore ways to manifest principles of the Bodhisattva path and Shambhala warriorship in your families and in your lives. The Bodhisattva is one who is dedicated to the well-being of others and whose actions are guided by the principles of the Paramitas, or virtuous actions. As parents we have the good fortune of ample opportunities to practice putting others first. Through an exploration of the 6 Paramitas we will investigate how to bring further intention, wisdom, and compassion into our parenting, into our own minds and hearts, and by extension into our interaction with the world around us.”

Read more and register here.

Passing the word on wonderful mom-loving offers by my peer coach and friend, Alexandra Hughes

I met Alexandra Hughes a couple of months ago and I am delighted to support her coaching practice to you moms as our work is so aligned and complementary. Please check out her upcoming events starting this week and next month at http://inessencecoaching.com/group-coaching/

In loving support,



Join a small coaching circle to learn how to manage and reduce Mom-induced stress and overwhelm. Supported by your coach and alongside a group of like-minded Moms, you will experience proven coaching tools and techniques to help you:

~identify what fuels and triggers stress in your everyday life
~mindfully manage internal responses to stress in a way that will help you…
~develop calmer (less-stress) living habits

Group gatherings will be 90 minutes long. An individual coaching session is also included as part of this coaching circle.

When? Wednesdays, Jan 28, Feb 4, 11 & 25 2015 at 7:30pm

Click here to learn more, or register.


A one-hour workshop helping Moms develop simple strategies to help them BE a mom in a relaxed, energized, and self-loving way. This is for moms who long to stay clear, grounded, and vibrant in their motherhood journeys. Turning motherhood into a lighter experience will be discussed and explored. Please note, this is one of a 4-part series of workshops developed to support moms with infants 0-12 months.

When? Monday February 9, at 12:30pm

Please click here (and scroll down) to register.


This workshop is designed for moms who long to stay clear, strong and vibrant during winter. It will be co-facilitated by Alexandra Hughes and Jen Campbell Munn.

Moms will learn, practice and explore a range of MINDFUL YOGA and COACHING SELF-CARE/ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT techniques designed to help them to be moms in a more relaxed, energized and self-loving way. All tools, strategies and techniques are for taking home, and are designed for moms to use in their everyday lives. MOMS WILL LEAVE FEELING CLARITY OF MIND, ENERGIZED, GROUNDED, and ready to weather beautifully the last few weeks of winter.

When?  Saturday February 21 at 1:30pm

Please click here (and scroll down) to register.

Join us in the 18th annual Season of Nonviolence!

UnknownIn honor of the 18th annual Season of Nonviolence, January 30 – April 4, inspired by the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., we are offering an 8-week series to Nonviolent Communication titled “Practicing Ahimsa: Nonviolence in our Words“.

We invite you to join us for an 8-week series diving deeper into the principles of nonviolence and empowered communication, also known as Nonviolent Communication™(NVC). Used in international conflicts, mediation, family/individual relationship support, NVC allows you to connect more deeply with your body and felt sense by learning new tools for noticing what is driving thoughts, evaluations and judgments. NVC is applicable to all relationships be it at home, work, and with the larger world.

In the 8-week series, you will learn how to connect with greater clarity and awareness to what motivates you and others behind words and actions, enhance your capacity to voice your true self and empathically guess what may be precious to others, strengthen connection and trust and explore the healing power of empathy on core beliefs and habits.

Starts Thursday January 29th 7:45pm-9:30pm for 8 consecutive weeks.

More info and how to register here: 

http://www.thestudiodc.com (Under Workshops)

January 22 update: this series is almost full. We will offer a new series starting in April 2015 same day, same studio. Stay tuned for an announcement.